Sunday, June 26, 2011
Feng Shui For Your Blog!
Feng Shui---"The ancient Chinese practice of placement to achieve harmony."
Okay. So, you know how when you're expecting "visitors" you tidy up, wash down, rearrange furniture, and accessorize to accentuate the positive aspects of your home?
Well, a similar effort has been underway here at Pen and Prosper. This brought about by a few guest posts on influential sites and "online love" provided by links from fellow bloggers.
Though I had the best of intentions, I ended up exhausted from all the "mental" and creative lifting, rearranging, re-organizing, and re-assessing.
Over the last few months, in fact, you may have noticed that this spot has been blue, beige, white, and many of the colors of the rainbow.
Like a mad scientist, I experimented with different formulas, shapes, sizes, and styles.
Here are a few "decorating" lessons I've learned along the way.
1). Be true to your own sense of style, personality and expression. At the end of the day, just like your home, your blog is a reflection of who you are, and your personal preferences. Of course your readers should be taken into consideration, but in moderation.
2). Don't overcrowd your space. Too much "stuff" is more of a distraction than an enhancement. Sometimes less is more.
3). Recognize that there is a psychology to colors. For example, red and orange are invigorating colors, while beige and earth tone colors typically have a soothing effect. Make sure to choose complementary colors that provide for visual appeal and flow.
4). Don't overlook comfort. Regardless to trends, analytics, or what's going on in the Blogosphere.
5). Align your Blog elements in a way that is easy to navigate and user-friendly.
Keep these five tips in mind in any future make-over efforts. You'll be sure to achieve a state of Nirvana. :-)
Thoughts? Agree or disagree? How do you like the new look?
Image Salvatore Vuono